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Domain Names: The dangers of “snapping”

DNS Belgium, the Registry operating the .BE country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), recently published an article warning domain name owners of the risks inherent in the practice of “snapping”.  Although anyone can legitimately snap up an expired domain name, problems can arise when cybercriminals grab expired domain names and then use them in damaging

Two wins by the LEGO Group in China against Chinese copycats

The LEGO Group rarely puts itself under the spotlight by talking about litigation but it made an exception by commenting on its recent victories against two Chinese infringers. The IP lawyers behind said victories are from our Shanghai office and its associated office, Hogan Lovells Fidelity, in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Two Chinese toy makers (the “defendants”) were jointly

.NL leads the way in the fight against malicious online activity

Malicious activities are an ongoing problem across the Internet and growth is increasing as a result of ever more sophisticated phishing attacks.  One ccTLD Registry that has demonstrated it is taking these issues very seriously is SIDN, the Registry for the .NL extension (Netherlands). The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) regularly publishes a Phishing Activity Trends

Sites get ICEd in transatlantic assault on cyber crooks

As part of a sustained and coordinated effort, law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic have rounded off their on-going fight against cybercrime known as “Operation In Our Sites” with the traditional annual flourish on “Cyber Monday”.  In the U.S., and increasingly elsewhere, the Monday following “Black Friday” (the first Friday after Thanksgiving),

Blockchain links into the pharma supply chain

In November’s issue of Pharma Times Magazine, Mark Marfé explores the current applications of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), such as blockchain, and how DLT can be used and developed to benefit companies in the pharma industry. This article looks at DLT’s role in overcoming particular challenges facing the pharma supply chain, including anti-counterfeiting, product recall, information sharing, access to financing as well as the development of smart contracts. Read

UK: Combatting IP Crime – Annual Brands Seminar

IP crime is estimated to be worth USD 461 billion annually worldwide (OECD/EUIPO): for some businesses this means substantial loss of revenue. What practical steps can you take to tackle IP crime? How can you tackle IP crime as part of a coherent IP strategy? What impact will regulatory changes (including Brexit) have on IP

A model Customs case in China: creating the right conditions for effective IP enforcement by Chinese authorities.

In May 2016, the General Administration of Customs (“GAC”) and the Public Security Bureau (“PSB”) jointly uncovered large amounts of counterfeit automobile engine lubricants. The lubricants were first sold on e-commerce platforms and then imported into China from Southeast Asia. A successful wide-scale investigation ensued, involving seamless co-operation between Customs, the PSB and the UK

Asia IP webinar series: The recordings so far…

We are running a series of webinars in 2017 to help you stay up to date with Intellectual Property news and developments in the Asia Pacific region.  So far we have held webinars on protecting your identity in the cyberworld, trademark protection & transactions in Asia and anti-counterfeiting/anti-piracy in Asia. If you were unable to attend, the recorded version

.CH leads the way in the battle against fraud

SWITCH, the Registry responsible for the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .CH, recently published an article on the subject of counterfeit goods and fraudulent websites hosted under the .CH ccTLD and the measures they are implementing to try to put a halt to such practices. When it comes to online shopping, if the price

Asia webinar: Creatively combatting counterfeiting and piracy with robust strategies

From cosmetics to electronics, the quickening pace of counterfeit products continues to be a real threat to many businesses.  Companies need more effective ways to protect their brand against fraud both online and offline.  In this webinar, our speakers from China, Hong Kong, Japan and Vietnam will discuss key anti-counterfeiting strategies covering various jurisdictions.  Join

HL joins MIP in Hong Kong “International Women´s Leadership Forum” on regional & global IP developments

We are delighted to co-sponsor this event on 21 September, with our lawyers Monique Woo and  Serena Lim attending. Serena will be chairing the session on anti-counterfeiting. This event is a great opportunity for women in IP to deepen knowledge of regional & global IP developments and senior thought leadership. Topics include: Licensing Anti-counterfeiting technology Emerging technology and related IP challenges Advertising in

UK Supreme Court case: criminal sanctions for trade mark infringement

R v M; R v C and R v T The Supreme Court has held that the criminal sanctions under section 92(1) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 (“the Act”) will apply to the sale or so called “grey” market goods as well as counterfeit goods. The Supreme Court’s judgment, handed down last week, is

3D Printing: Are you 3DP Ready?

3D printing has already been around for decades and has disrupted certain industries, such as hearing aids. One likely impact is an increase in IP infringement, with Gartner predicting that this could reach $100 billion a year by 2018. Now that a number of key patents have expired, 3D printers are becoming cheaper and offer

Combatting illegal pharma trade – IP enforcement brochure

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Combatting illegal pharma trade enforcement guide. This publication is a pharmaceutical industry-specific brochure which complements our suite of brand and trademark protection and enforcement guides (Integrated IP Enforcement in Europe and Global Brand Protection). This guide analyses the challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry with a focus on the international black market on one

China: piercing the corporate veil in IP infringement cases?

In China, the legal personality of limited companies generally protects shareholders and legal representatives (i.e. the Chinese equivalent of a managing director) from debts entered into, or liabilities imposed on a company. This principle is also known as the “corporate veil”. However, in a recent trademark infringement case, the Jiangsu Higher People’s Court held that

US: New DTSA seizure remedy may be difficult to obtain

The new ex-parte seizure remedy created by the Defend Trade Secrets Act contains many hurdles that may prove highly difficult for trade secret owners to clear. Given that the DTSA does not preempt state trade secret law, trade secret owners may fare better petitioning state courts for an ex parte writs of possession or attachment

WIPO – UDRP: Monumental win for Moncler

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a luxury fashion sportswear company obtained the transfer of 50 domain names incorporating its trade mark, which were being used to point to websites either offering counterfeit products for sale or containing pay-per-click links to

China: e-commerce sales targeted in SAIC’s “red shield net sword” campaign

As reported previously, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) pulled through its annual online piracy crackdown campaign – called the “red shield net sword” campaign – from July to November 2015. The campaign aimed at curbing online sales of counterfeit and sub-par goods and mainly targeted infringements on e-commerce platforms. According to a

Japan: Recoverable damages for counterfeiting increased

As a party to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Japanese government will revise its Trademark Act to raise limits on civil damages for trademark infringement.  The increase in compensation for damages incurred through counterfeiting will apply in particular to famous brands. This will be useful for famous brand owners to take more effective action against counterfeiters

China: Moncler carries the day and takes home a whopping 3 million RMB in statutory damages

Moncler, a Franco-Italian fashion brand famous for its shiny, fluffy winter coats, has recently achieved a significant victory before the Beijing IP Court. Moncler is in fact the first claimant to obtain the increased maximum statutory damages of RMB 3 million (approximately US$ 470,000) since the new Trademark Law came into force in May 2014

7 things you should know about IP protection by Chinese Customs

The General Administration of Customs of China (the “GACC”) has recently released its annual Report on the Situation of IP Protection, which contains valuable statistics on how the GACC has tried to stop the vast flow of counterfeit goods into and out of China in 2014. These annual reports are a valuable resource for IPR